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Source: (NMHA)

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Oct. 18, 2005 – The National Mental Health Association today released a workbook to help Americans with Medicare enroll in the new Medicare prescription drug program, available online at the National Mental Health Association web site.

With the release of Medicare prescription drug plan details this week, it is important that Medicare beneficiaries get educated about their drug plan options so they can begin enrolling in the plan that best meets their needs on November 15. The new drug coverage starts on Jan. 1, 2006.

"People with Medicare will finally have help getting the medications they need through the new prescription drug plans," said Michael Faenza, president and CEO of NMHA. "For some this will be entirely new coverage; for others who have received drug coverage from Medicaid, it will mean a change to how they receive their medications. Regardless, for all, this is a complex and likely confusing transition this Medicare workbook will help people with the process and ensure they choose the plan that is best for them."

The new Medicare consumer workbook includes:

Basic information about the Medicare prescription drug benefit

Tips for individuals to prepare for enrolling in a prescription drug plan

Resources and organizations that can assist in enrollment and applying for financial assistance

Important questions individuals should ask when comparing their plan options

Worksheets to assist individuals choose a plan and apply for extra financial assistance

Definitions of common terms individuals can expect to hear during the enrollment process

The Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Workbook for Mental Health Consumers is available at NMHA web site. or by calling the NMHA Resource Center at 800-969-NMHA (6642). Individuals seeking direct assistance with enrollment can contact the NMHA Resource Center or their local Mental Health Association directory also available online.

The National Mental Health Association is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 340 affiliates nationwide, NMHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans through advocacy, education, research and service.

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